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The Million Dollar Hotel: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack to the 2000 film The Million Dollar Hotel. The album was released alongside the film in March 2000, and featured Bono as its executive producer, with new music from U2 and other artists.

The Million Dollar Hotel: Music from the Motion Picture
A blue-tinted photograph of a Caucasian woman in her 30's—Milla Jovovich—running barefoot across the rooftop of a brick building wearing a long dress. Above her are the captions "MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE" written in blue on black and "THE MILLION DOLLAR / HOTEL" written with light bulbs.
Soundtrack album from the film The Million Dollar Hotel by
various artists
Released13 March 2000 (2000-03-13)
Recorded1999 (original material)
GenreElectronic, jazz, rock
Length55:43
LanguageEnglish, Spanish ("Anarchy in the USA")
LabelIsland / Interscope
ProducerHal Willner (original soundtrack material) and Bono, The Edge, Brian Eno, Flood, Jon Hassell, Daniel Lanois, Danny Saber (pre-recorded music)
Singles from The Million Dollar Hotel: Music from the Motion Picture
  1. "The Ground Beneath Her Feet"
    Released: 8 February 2000

Contents

CompositionEdit

"The Ground Beneath Her Feet" was written by Salman Rushdie, based on his book of the same name. The soundtrack version is a different mix from the one used in the film, which was not released commercially. Along with "Stateless," "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" was recorded for U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind album, however was released on this soundtrack instead. "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" was later released as a bonus track on Australian, British, and Japanese versions of All That You Can't Leave Behind. "Stateless" was later released on the Unreleased & Rare album of U2's digital box set, The Complete U2. "The First Time" originally appeared on U2's 1993 Zooropa album. The version on the soundtrack is identical to the one on the album.

Jon Hassell's "Amsterdam Blue (Cortége)" was originally recorded as a tribute to Chet Baker and submitted to Bono and director Wim Wenders, who made the song a pivotal part of the soundtrack.[1] "Anarchy in the USA" is a Spanish cover of the Sex Pistols' 1976 "Anarchy in the U.K." The film also features the Hal Wilner track "Nyack Oud Dance" which is not on the soundtrack—the song previously appeared on his album Whoops, I'm an Indian.[2]

ReceptionEdit

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars, noting that, "It's easy to get lost in the slow, dark crawl of the music," but "once the soundtrack loses momentum, it never regains its forward motion."[3] Entertainment Weekly gave it a C, claiming that the non-U2 material was either "admirable but dull... or simply dull."[4] Jeffrey Gantz of The Boston Phoenix gave the album three out of four stars remarking that the strongest tracks are the U2 songs and the rest of the soundtrack provides, "a yearning LA noir atmosphere... but doesn't contribute much on its own."[5]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."The Ground Beneath Her Feet"Salman Rushdie (lyrics), U2 (music)U2, Daniel Lanois3:43
2."Never Let Me Go"Bono, Nicholas Klein (lyrics), Jon Hassell, Daniel Lanois, Bono, Brian Eno (music)Bono, The Million Dollar Hotel Band5:35
3."Stateless"Bono (lyrics), U2 (music)U24:05
4."Satellite of Love"Lou ReedMilla Jovovich, The Million Dollar Hotel Band4:11
5."Falling at Your Feet"Bono, Daniel LanoisBono, Daniel Lanois4:54
6."Tom Tom's Dream"Jon HassellThe Million Dollar Hotel Band1:52
7."The First Time"Bono (lyrics), U2 (music)U23:43
8."Bathtub"Brian Eno, Bill Frisell, Jon HassellThe Million Dollar Hotel Band1:06
9."The First Time" (Reprise)U2Daniel Lanois, The Million Dollar Hotel Band2:05
10."Tom Tom's Room"Brad Mehldau, Daniel Lanois, Bill FrisellBrad Mehldau, Bill Frisell2:24
11."Funny Face"Bill Frisell, Greg Cohen, Brian Eno, Adam Dorn, Brian BladeThe Million Dollar Hotel Band0:32
12."Dancin' Shoes"Bono, Nicholas Klein (lyrics), Daniel Lanois, Bono (music)Bono, The Million Dollar Hotel Band2:06
13."Amsterdam Blue (Cortège)"Jon HassellJon Hassell, Gregg Arreguin, Jamie Muhoberac, Peter Freeman9:18
14."Satellite of Love" (Reprise)Lou ReedThe Million Dollar Hotel Band, Daniel Lanois, Bill Frisell, Greg Cohen1:06
15."Satellite of Love" (Danny Saber Remix)Lou ReedMilla Jovovich, Jon Hassell, Danny Saber5:13
16."Anarchy in the USA"Stephen Jones, Johnny Rotten, Paul Thomas Cook, Glen MatlockTito Larriva, The Million Dollar Hotel Band3:37
Total length:55:43

PersonnelEdit

U2
The Million Dollar Hotel Band
Additional personnel

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jon Hassell. "Discography 3: Soundtracks". Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  2. ^ "Soundtracks for The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)". IMDb. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  3. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Million Dollar Hotel: Music from the Motion Picture". Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  4. ^ David Browne (2000-03-24). "Music Review: The Million Dollar Hotel (2000): U2, Various Artists". Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  5. ^ Gantz, Jeffrey (24 May 2001). "Off the Record | Various Artists: The Million Dollar Hotel". Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on 3 July 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2016.

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